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January 2011 Blog Posts (4)

The Incidence Of Kidney Failure Due To Diabetes Is Down – But We Should Not Be Pleased

Diabetes mellitus is the most common cause of kidney failure that progresses to end stage renal disease (ESRD,) meaning that the person requires dialysis or kidney transplant. ESRD is chronic and life long, is complicated to treat, has a major negative effect on quality of life and the costs are high.

So it was good news when the Centers of Disease Control reported that the incidence of ESRD among diabetics had declined by…


Added by Stephen C Schimpff on January 18, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Secure Medical Network Enables Breast-Screening Program on Wheels

GCI ConnectMD (ConnectMD), the premier provider of telehealth connectivity and services throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, has partnered with Swedish Medical Center (Swedish) on The Swedish Cancer Institute's Mobile Mammography Program. The program was created to deliver potentially life-saving technology to communities that would otherwise have little to no access to advanced breast-cancer screening. This is the latest example of ConnectMD’s…


Added by Courtney Hastings on January 17, 2011 at 10:13am — No Comments

The Shingles Vaccine Really Works But Many Older Folks Don’t Receive It - They Should

Herpes zoster (or shingles) is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Zoster increases in incidence with advancing age. It is estimated that over 1 million Americans get shingles annually with the resulting acute discomfort and often chronic pain thereafter. A vaccine was introduced by Merck in 2006; the initial studies of 38,546 patients indicated that it reduced the incidence by about 50% and for those who still got shingles, the severity was lessened substantially. But…


Added by Stephen C Schimpff on January 14, 2011 at 3:51pm — No Comments

To Scan or Not To Scan for Early Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cancer other than skin cancer. The survival rate is still dismal so early diagnosis presumably could make an impact. Chest x-rays just do not have the sensitivity to find early lung cancer. Computed tomography (CT Scans) can detect very small lesions in the lung. Another study has now been completed and it was able to find many early cancers.…


Added by Stephen C Schimpff on January 12, 2011 at 3:36pm — No Comments

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